3 Recipes to Incorporate Protein Into Your Daily Meals

by Nancy Nagar August 23, 2016

3 Recipes to Incorporate Protein Into Your Daily Meals

Protein is a vital building block for our muscles before and after a strenuous workout. As a busy mom on the go, I'm always looking for ways to incorporate more protein into my everyday meals. The protein is essential for muscle building, plus it keeps me full for HOURS so I'm not snacking on junk.

Also, protein has really come a long way from that chalky junk that you used to get in a tub from your local health food store back in 1996. Here are some of my favorite, easy, delicious ways to incorporate protein into your daily meals and snacks. 

1. Protein Pancakes

Protein Pancakes | Belle & Bell

Protein Pancakes are my breakfast literally every day. They are so delicious and versatile! Plus, I really feel like I'm having a cheat meal or naughty snack when I "indulge" in my protein pancakes. I use a vegan protein powder but feel free to use a whey based powder if you please.


  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (I use Vital proteins)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • Dash of cinnamon


Mix all ingredients together EXCEPT milk. Sir until combined. Slowly add milk until you have a thick batter consistency. If the batter is too thin the pancakes will not be fluffy. Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil on a cast iron skillet. Use a ladle or spoon to pour pancakes onto the pan. Cook about 2 minutes on each side on medium high heat and then flip. Serve immediately OR keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Yields about 4-5 2 inch wide pancakes.

Optional mix ins: Raw cacao powder, chia seeds, hemp seeds, fruit, raw cacao nibs, shredded coconut.

2. Protein Yogurt Parfait

Protein Yogurt | Belle & Bell 

Protein Yogurt Parfait is a quick and yummy way to satisfy your sweet tooth while still getting in that protein. I use a coconut yogurt but feel free to use a dairy yogurt of your choice, just make sure it is unsweetened. The protein powder will provide the all the sweetness you need.


  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened yogurt of choice
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
  • 1 teaspoon shredded coconut


Mix yogurt and protein powder in a bowl or glass of your choice until the powder is combined. Top with the berries, hemp hearts, and coconut. Enjoy immediately or place in the fridge for a few hours to set. I serve mine in a wine glass.

3. Black Bean Chocolate Brownies

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Black Bean Chocolate Brownies are just what I need when I want to indulge chocolate dessert, but don't want to ruin all the hard work I've put in at the gym all week.


  • 1 15 oz. can organic black beans
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 2tbsp. Coconut oil MELTED
  • 2 tbsp. Raw cacao butter MELTED (optional but I highly recommend)
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Madagascar vanilla extract
  • Dash sea salt


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drain and rinse beans VERY WELL. You should rinse twice otherwise they will be beany tasting. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth. Grease an 8x8 cake tin and pour in your batter. Bake for 30 minutes . Allow to cool and ENJOY!

Note: use all organic ingredients if possible.

Nancy Nagar
Nancy Nagar

After being overweight during her childhood, teen years, and college years, Nancy fell in love with exercise and truly believes that healthy eating and exercise can be fun and enjoyable for everyone!

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